Pipe Stand #1: Seven Day Pipe Stand With A Case of Exotic Drawers

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Blog entry by Operaman posted 10-01-2012 10:14 PM 1963 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been commissioned to build a seven day pipe stand with a case of drawers by one of America’s foremost artisanal tobacco pipe makers. This is an intricate piece requiring many, many hours of planning joinery, considering wood movement to determine what wants to be solid and what wants to be veneered (using shop-made veneer nearly 1/8” thick), number of drawers and arrangement, secret compartment planning, and combinations of precious, extoic woods and local secondary species. The final piece will have been roughly shaped by power tools and then almost entirely refined with hand planes, scraper planes, chisels, router plane, etc.

In order to give an idea of where I am going I first wanted to share a rough poplar mock-up that I am working through of the case with drawers. It gives me a chance to work out details without “oopsing” on bubinga, chittam burl, amboyna burl, and ebony. This mock-up still has a ways to go: legs are too chunky and do not give the delicate saber line I am after and the tops of the legs do not follow the curve of the front apron. Those changes will be made in the next few days. After I am satisfied with everything about the carcass I will mock up drawer fronts, curved to match the apron. The top I may or may not mock up before beginning. I appreciate you following my journey and welcome comments or critiques along the way. Cheers!




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#1 posted 10-02-2012 02:08 AM

Looks pretty good so far. I will be following the project.

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 02:20 AM

Looks like it is going to be pretty sweet, if it looks this good in poplar, it will be over the top with the exotics you mentioned. Looking forward to see it all come together.

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